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2:51 AM Tue, Oct. 23rd

CASA for Babies: 'Brad'

A CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer is needed to serve as a "Baby CASA" for newborn "Brad." Child Protective Services (CPS) removed the infant from his mother because of her past history of neglect and proven inability to parent her other children, as well as the fact that several of these children had been exposed to methamphetamine while she was pregnant with them. The mother also has mental health issues, and there have been documented reports of domestic violence between her and the father.

Among the Baby CASA volunteer's responsibilities: Monitoring Brad's progress in his foster home, to help ensure that his needs are being met; assisting CPS in working with the parents, to determine whether parenting and anger management classes, behavioral health services and substance abuse treatment might result in one or both of them being able to parent this baby appropriately; participating in monthly meetings with Baby CASA volunteers and other team members to discuss the Brad's progress and ensure that he receives screening and services for age-appropriate developmental milestones and medical care; working with CPS to identify other relatives who might be able to assist the parents in their efforts to care for this baby or to provide an adoptive home, if necessary; and making recommendations to the judge as to the best long-term placement for this little boy. CASA volunteers need to provide information to the court at report and review hearings throughout the life of a case.

If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer for this case or a similar one, and making a difference in the life of a child, please contact the CASA office at 928-771-3165.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This child's name has been changed to protect the identities of those involved, and this child is not eligible for adoption at this time.